I heard these terms many years before my diagnosis when I was learning how to knit.
The easiest way to learn how to knit is just that, the knit stitch (vs. pearl, but that is a post for another day, and another blog). The easiest tools when first learning to knit are straight needles, which will produce a flat knitted garment, think scarf.
|Straight & Circular needles|
So, how does all this knitting talk tie in with graduated compression?
Well, thankfully we don't have to knit our own compression garments, we have specialty vendors to make them for us, and just like knitting, they can produce either flat knit (custom) or circular knit (off the shelf) options.
So, what are the differences?
- Comes off the machine in a tube (Seamless)
- Off the shelf product (comes in ready-to-wear sizes)
- Can buy online (once you know your size)
- Available in fun colors/patterns
- Thinner, and moves well when active
- Can be tricky to fit if you have lobules
- Not good to sleep in, can bind and cause damage
- Comes off the machine flat (like a piece of fabric)
- Custom made to your measurements (will have seams)
- More rigid
- Less likely to bind (hurt) at knee and ankle creases
- Higher containment
- Safer to wear at rest